If you are wondering what to do after being arrested for DUI you are likely not alone. Being arrested is not something that most people deal with on a daily basis, and this fact alone can make it difficult to know where to turn in your time of need. You may have heard that you will lose your license if you are arrested for DUI and also might be wondering if you will be required to perform community service or spend time behind bars. We have the answers to these questions, and more, and are here to help. Our approach is one that takes into account your concerns, and we work hard to make sure you are satisfied with the results.
If you have never had to hire an attorney before, you may not know what to expect. As far as a DUI case is concerned, you should look for these three things in your defense attorney:
- A working knowledge of the process and procedure, which includes not only putting on a defense to the criminal charges against you, but also making a request for administrative review of your driver’s license revocation. Anytime a DUI arrest is made the officer is required to take your driver’s license. This can leave you without the ability to drive, but that does not have to be the final result. The key is to request administrative review on time, and you only have ten short days after the arrest to make this request. Your attorney should be aware of this requirement, and be familiar with the administrative hearing procedure.
- Your attorney should make arrangements to interview the officer, and ask questions about the initial stop. If there was no reason for the stop, you may be able to have the charges dropped or at least reduced. But, without knowing the details of the stop, any effort in this regard will be an uphill battle. Finding out what the officer has to say will go a long way in helping you decide what type of defense strategy to develop. It will also help when negotiating with the state, and help you to obtain favorable probationary terms if probation is an option for your case.
- It is also important to take a look at the testing procedure and the maintenance of the testing equipment. If there are flaws in the procedure or in the way the machine has been maintained, it is possible that the results are not reliable. If that is the case, you can argue for a lesser charge or a dismissal of the case against you.
Each case is different, and you deserve representation that takes into account the specific fact of your case. Call us today to learn more about DUI defense.
If you have been charged with DUI, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of traffic violations in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment.